EMPOWERING STAFF NURSES TO IMPROVE THE CHEMOTHERAPY/INFUSION PROCESS FOR PATIENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165045
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
EMPOWERING STAFF NURSES TO IMPROVE THE CHEMOTHERAPY/INFUSION PROCESS FOR PATIENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF
Author(s):
Long, Mary Ann; Lorenz, Michelle; Denton, Salem
Author Details:
Mary Ann Long, BSN RN OCN, Director of Patient Care Services, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York, USA, email: maryann.long@roswellpark.org; Michelle Lorenz, RN, AASN; Salem Denton, RN, BSN
Abstract:
A mainstay in the arsenal of treatment for cancer is the administration of chemotherapy as both a primary and a secondary therapy. Numerous factors including incomplete orders, inadequately scheduled appointments and chair lock play a role in determining the actual length of time that a patient spends in the ambulatory Chemotherapy/ Infusion Center, how tolerable the visit is for the patient and how seamlessly the therapy is administered. Because the nurses that administer the chemotherapy and infusions in the center have an intimate knowledge and understanding of how treatments are scheduled and administered, it is imperative that these nurses be involved in the change process to ensure that the chemotherapy or infusion experience is optimized for patients. The nursing staff identified both barriers and potential solutions for improvement including: a. an alternate work schedule was proposed by the nursing staff and implemented which allowed for additional time away from their stressful job and allowed greater flexibility in scheduling for patient's therapies. b. patient's schedules were altered to increase the available nursing hours and subsequently increase the available chair hours. c. a process for obtaining and checking chemotherapy orders the day before therapy was initiated to ensure availability, completeness and accuracy of orders. Included in this presentation will be the positive impact resulting from these interventions in the areas of recruitment and retention of registered nurses, utilization of overtime, patient satisfaction and medication variances and interventions. Implementing a shared governance model into our Chemotherapy/ Infusion Center has improved the operation of the center. This presentation will be of interest to oncology nurses in other organizational settings challenged by increasing demands on their resources.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEMPOWERING STAFF NURSES TO IMPROVE THE CHEMOTHERAPY/INFUSION PROCESS FOR PATIENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFFen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLong, Mary Annen_US
dc.contributor.authorLorenz, Michelleen_US
dc.contributor.authorDenton, Salemen_US
dc.author.detailsMary Ann Long, BSN RN OCN, Director of Patient Care Services, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York, USA, email: maryann.long@roswellpark.org; Michelle Lorenz, RN, AASN; Salem Denton, RN, BSNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165045-
dc.description.abstractA mainstay in the arsenal of treatment for cancer is the administration of chemotherapy as both a primary and a secondary therapy. Numerous factors including incomplete orders, inadequately scheduled appointments and chair lock play a role in determining the actual length of time that a patient spends in the ambulatory Chemotherapy/ Infusion Center, how tolerable the visit is for the patient and how seamlessly the therapy is administered. Because the nurses that administer the chemotherapy and infusions in the center have an intimate knowledge and understanding of how treatments are scheduled and administered, it is imperative that these nurses be involved in the change process to ensure that the chemotherapy or infusion experience is optimized for patients. The nursing staff identified both barriers and potential solutions for improvement including: a. an alternate work schedule was proposed by the nursing staff and implemented which allowed for additional time away from their stressful job and allowed greater flexibility in scheduling for patient's therapies. b. patient's schedules were altered to increase the available nursing hours and subsequently increase the available chair hours. c. a process for obtaining and checking chemotherapy orders the day before therapy was initiated to ensure availability, completeness and accuracy of orders. Included in this presentation will be the positive impact resulting from these interventions in the areas of recruitment and retention of registered nurses, utilization of overtime, patient satisfaction and medication variances and interventions. Implementing a shared governance model into our Chemotherapy/ Infusion Center has improved the operation of the center. This presentation will be of interest to oncology nurses in other organizational settings challenged by increasing demands on their resources.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:11:32Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:11:32Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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